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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo -- Oscar-winning fact-based World War II picture about General Jimmy Doolittle's efforts to train American troops for the first airborne attacks on Japan.


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Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher
Tim Murdock ... Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ... Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ... 'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)

Spencer Tracy ... Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
John R. Reilly ... 'Shorty' Manch

Robert Mitchum ... Bob Gray
Scott McKay ... Davey Jones

Donald Curtis ... Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)

Douglas Cowan ... 'Brick' Holstrom

Paul Langton ... Captain 'Ski' York

Leon Ames ... Lieut. Jurika

Bill Williams ... Bud Felton
Robert Bice ... 'Jig' White
Hsin Kung ... Dr. Chung (as Dr. Hsin Kung)

Benson Fong ... Young Dr. Chung
Ching Wah Lee ... Guerilla Charlie

Alan Napier ... Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris ... Jane (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)

Jacqueline White ... Emmy York
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Addison ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... William F. Halsey, Captain of the 'Hornet' (uncredited)
Jack Arkin ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Tom Avera ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Pilot Singer (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Runner (uncredited)
Mary Chan ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Keye Chang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Hal Derwin ... Singer in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Captain of Patrol Boat (uncredited)
John Gannon ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Gordon ... Sgt. Williams (uncredited)
Genevieve Grazis ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Judge (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Eglin Captain (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
John James ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Eglin Colonel (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... C-47 Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles King Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Knudsen ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Joan Lawrence ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack McClendon ... Dick Joyce (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Lorraine Miller ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
William Moss ... Ship's Clerk (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Hallmark (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... General (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Harold Sworland ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Eugenia B. Thompson ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Brad Towne ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Gordon Trigg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang ... Wang Tsung (uncredited)
Joy Vahl ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Peter Varney ... Spike Henderson (uncredited)
Will Walls ... Hoss Wyler (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wah Yee ... Foo Ling (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) and
Robert Considine (based on the book)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strong .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
George E. Lee .... props (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... model maker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Dean Davenport .... technical advisor: Army Air Force (uncredited)
H. Allen Fairbanks .... technical advisor: Navy (uncredited)
Jimmy Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Ted W. Lawson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
138 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10248) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The Japanese fishermen fired on by the U.S. Navy escort ships did in fact have time to alert Tokyo, but their transmission was ignored. An urgent report of two American aircraft carriers so close to Japan by understandably hysterical "ignorant" fisherman was scorned as ridiculous by Japanese authorities.See more »
Continuity: When the Ruptured Duck takes off from the carrier, the front of the engine cowls are dark colored. After the bomb run over Tokyo, an exterior view shows the cowls are white.See more »
[repeated lines]
Lt. Ted Lawson:Tell me, Honey, how come you're so cute?
Ellen Lawson:I had to be if I was going to get such a good-looking fella.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Midway (1976)See more »
The Star-Spangled BannerSee more »


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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Good Romantic War Movie, 1 January 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In World War II, several B25 pilots and their crew volunteers for a secret mission, including the recently married Lt. Ted Lawson (Van Johnson), under the command of Gen. James Doolittle (Spencer Tracy). When the mission is disclosed, they are informed that they will bomb military facilities in Japan. After successfully accomplishing the bombing and returning to the base in China, the airplane of Lawson crashes on the Chinese coast, and his men and he are rescued by the Chinese soldiers.

"Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" is a good war movie, but also a clear American propaganda in times of war. There is a shallow and corny romance in the lead story; the pilots and crew are great friends like a brotherhood and their wives and girl-friends are silly and naive; when Lawson loses his leg, Doolittle says that the army can not lose an experienced man like him; all the allied Chinese are cooperative, submissive and friends; there are lots of nationalism, like for example, the Chinese scouts singing the American hymn. Anyway the story entertains, the special effects and the cinematography are excellent and I liked this film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "30 Segundos Sobre Tóquio" ("30 Seconds Over Tokyo")

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